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State of Illinois budget gap — staggering, yet fixable

Illinois’ structural budget deficit is fixable, but will likely require tax increases in addition to spending cuts. The Illinois Supreme Court’s rejection of 2013 pension reform will make resolving the State’s pension burden more challenging, but not impossible.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Muni Perspectives, Municipal Bonds

Is CSX sounding the horn on the U.S. credit cycle?

CSX is one of the first old-line industrial companies to embark on a share buyback program funded from borrowing rather than free cash flow generation. Increasing leverage while top-line growth is anemic could signal that a new stage of the U.S. credit cycle has begun.

Detroit and Stockton are game changers for municipalities in fiscal distress

Contrary to past experience and conventional wisdom, general obligation bonds are not sacrosanct and very low recovery rates are possible. Pensioners and other politically favored classes are likely to be treated more kindly than bondholders.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Muni Perspectives Blog

Challenges facing government money market funds

Investors with no risk tolerance or who need stable $1 NAV will likely gravitate towards government money market funds. Such funds may provide peace of mind and liquidity, but will be challenged to offer a competitive yield.

Tagged with: Global Perspectives, Investing

ECB QE – A boost for markets but not a cure of all ills

We are positive on the financial market impact of European QE if it brings down risk premia such as peripheral bond spreads. The tendency amongst investors will be to own more risk assets such as equities, particularly as the ECB’s move will help to keep interest rates low globally.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Global Perspectives, Investing

The case for active bond management

There have been instances where the passive approach to bond investing produced significant underperformance relative to a benchmark. Index funds are at a significant disadvantage to active portfolios in which managers incorporate valuation into their decision making process.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing

Millennials, are you ready to take the next steps?

As a group, Millennials are intensely conservative when it comes to investments. Avoiding equities and saving cash in lower yielding, lower risk accounts is jeopardizing Millennials’ long-term financial security.

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Making sense of negative interest rates

Buying bonds at negative rates is a guarantee of losing money in nominal terms.
Central banks must keep real rates low to help their economies reach a self-sustaining growth path. Investors should focus on asset classes that benefit from this growth rather than providing the free money to support it.

Tagged with: Equities, Fixed Income, Global Perspectives, Investing

2015 capital market assumptions

We retain very modest expectations for total returns from fixed-income assets based on the low level of yields combined with the expectation that interest rate policy will normalize within the next five years. We believe equities offer returns only slightly below their long-term averages based on expectations of ongoing economic growth and worldwide equity valuations that are not extremely expensive.

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Grow assets to achieve financial goals

“Given the scarcity of growth out there, I find it incredible that companies with little to no debt and very robust top and bottom lines are trading almost in synch with their underlying growth rate. Nobody is chasing these stocks to any great degree, and I find it to be a huge opportunity.  —Thomas Galvin, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager

We believe that finding growth opportunities when growth is scarce takes proprietary bottom-up research, alpha-generating investment ideas and a disciplined security selection process.

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Columbia Threadneedle Investments is a leading global asset management group that provides a broad range of actively managed investment strategies and solutions for individual, institutional and corporate clients around the world. With more than 2,000 people, including over 450 investment professionals based in North America, Europe and Asia, we manage $506 billion†† of assets across developed and emerging market equities, fixed income, asset allocation solutions and alternatives.

††In U.S. dollars as of March 31, 2015. Source: Ameriprise Q1 Earnings Release. Includes all assets managed by entities in the Columbia and Threadneedle groups of companies. Contact us for more current data.